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Tinkler: I expected more from my players

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Eric Tinkler blamed fatigue for his side’s 4-0 home mauling at the hands of Platinum Stars in the Absa Premiership on Tuesday night, saying they had not had enough time to recover from the Telkom Knockout final in Polokwane on Saturday.

City defeated SuperSport United 2-1 to lift the trophy, but then made the arduous journey back from the opposite side of the country to face a fired-up Stars side.

Tinkler says the travel and mental fatigue was to blame for his side’s lacklustre display.

“You could see it, it was pretty obvious,” he said. “We didn’t win a single ball, we were last to the second ball, they were running rings around us in those first 15 minutes.

“I knew then the writing was on the wall and that eventually they would break us down and they did. Obviously, there is a lot of disappointment from me, because I expected a better reaction from the players.”

Tinkler revealed he would be given his players an unscheduled break from training on Wednesday to give them more time to recover for Friday’s clash against SuperSport at the Cape Town Stadium.

“The guys need another day’s rest, especially after this result, so we will bring them in on Thursday and get ready for the game. I’m sure they will be motivated for that.”

Tinkler also revealed he would likely recall both Robyn Johannes and Thamsanqa Mkhize for Friday’s clash after they were rested for Stars. Johannes will replace the red-carded Joseph Adjei.

“We gave one or two a rest, Mkhize desperately needed it, Robyn Johannes too. The likelihood is those two will be back, especially now that Adjei got a red card.”

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